Saturday, May 2, 2015

Joseph M. Root, Ohio Legislator

Joseph Moseley Root was born in the state of New York on October 10, 1807. By 1829 he was residing in Huron County, Ohio. Joseph M. Root was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1840. In 1844 he was elected to the United States Congress, and he was re-elected in 1846 and 1848. In volume 9 of the Michigan Historical Collections, we read that Joseph M. Root was one of the original abolitionists in the U.S. Congress.   Mr. Root died  in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, April 7, 1879, and he was buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. The former residence of Joseph M. Root is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and may have been a "safe house" on the Underground Railroad. 

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